Bal-ance: a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.
The key to creating balance in your life is choosing how you spend your time. Many people consider balance to be all about work/life choices. A lot of my clients spend a whole lot of time at work and working when they’re not at work. Does that mean their life is out of balance? Well, that depends. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:
What does balance mean to you (not what does it mean to others)?
Is the way you spend your time the way you really want your life to look?
Are you clear on your work and personal goals?
How can you take steps to get to where you want if you don’t know where that is?
Do you waste time on unproductive activities such as looking for misplaced items, or constantly checking your phone?
Would you rather work towards a goal or two and achieve something important to you, or get to the end of your life having accomplished nothing much?
Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.” ~ Denis Waitely
If you don’t know what your goals, are then you can’t determine your priorities and may often have no idea how to make a good decision about using your time. It seems to me that without goals you are likely spending your time wherever you feel the most pressure. Urgent takes precedence over important. It’s really up to you to change this.
It doesn’t matter what the balance is that you want, it only matters that you decide what you want and make a plan to get there. Everyone is different and we all want something different from our life. Give yourself the time you deserve to work towards your personal and professional goals right now. Remember it is not selfish to make time for you a priority. Time is all you have and you only get one life.
How do you want to spend your time today, tomorrow, this week, this month, this year and next year? Drop me a line to let me know.